Best Backpacking Spots in South America

The Travel Mantra rounded up a bunch of the best spots to visit while backpacking in South America—and my tip to do a boat trip through the San Blas Islands made the list! Check out the write-up (and a bunch of other great destinations) here:

5 Fun and Cheap Things to Do in Cartagena, Colombia

Country 20: Colombia | This post is part of my 30×30 series. Read more here! If the plethora of swanky bars and burgeoning boutique hotels in the Walled City are any indication, While Cartagena is starting to boom as a hotspot Colombian destination, it’s still quite possible to tour the city as a budget traveler. Here are…

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San Blas Adventures Review: Sailing from Colombia to Panama

San Blas Islands, Panama — August 2014 Sailing from Colombia to Panama was an absolute dream. After leaving Cartagena, we spent just one night in Turbo before leaving for the promised (is)lands: the San Blas Islands. There are a few ways you can do this three-night, four-day journey. Most of the options involve large-scale sailboats…

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The Adventure Begins: Turbo, Colombia

If you hate sleeping in hammocks, the San Blas islands are probably not for you. If you hate traveling by boat, the islands are probably not your jam. If you hate drinking games, meeting new people, bonfires, snorkeling, or fine white sand, you are likely going to hate the San Blas islands. Luckily for you,…

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Cartagena, Colombia: Door Decor

Cartagena is famous for its beautiful Spanish colonial architecture. Ornately carved woodwork, beautiful balconies, shuttered windows, shining stucco, and brilliant orange-tiled roofs all draw the eye and the camera lens, but my favorite architectural detail had to be the door decor. An unexpected bit of elegance and whimsy, these metal creations added personality and flair to the adobe…

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Cartagena, Colombia: Where We Stayed

We didn’t have a ton of time in Colombia, but we enjoyed ourselves so much we definitely want to head back! We wound up concentrating our four days in the beautiful Caribbean port city, Cartagena de Indias, and couldn’t have been happier. To kickstart our three-weeks in South/Central America, I wanted a place where we…

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